Man washing hands in Florida pond bitten by alligator, police say

Victim had ‘serious injury’ to right forearm, officials say

Generic photo of alligator.

SANIBEL, Fla. – A man washing his hands in a Florida pond on Thursday was bitten by an alligator, according to police.

The Sanibel Police Department said officers responded to a pond near 2477 Periwinkle Way around 11 a.m. and found the victim.

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The man said he was bitten and able to free himself from the alligator before calling 911, according to the department.

Police said he had a “serious injury” to his right forearm.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officers responded to capture the alligator.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.